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Project Summary

In the modern world, universities need to keep students engaged in an active learning environment that maximizes media and technology, allows student interaction, and provides flexible space where the professor can be both teacher and guide. Built in 1914, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Armory Building is one of the University's most prominent historic facilities. However, its classrooms lacked the necessary technological infrastructure to meet current student's educational needs.

The plan involved transforming three existing and underutilized classrooms into one dynamic and modern educational space through the demolition of two dividing walls. As an active learning classroom, flexibility and technology were top priorities, however the 2,000 SF Armory classroom had known infrastructure issues and the historic building would need several adjustments to accommodate media demands. Bailey Edward developed a clean, simple solution that encapsulated the required systems into the existing space without having to mount any runs: monitors, touch panels, speakers, wireless and wired devices an overview camera, AV racking and access to hidden outlets and j-boxes.

The furniture is flexible, mounted on wheels to allow for a variety of room setups for lectures or working groups. The room is lined with monitors and wipe-off boards that enable everyone to see from any chair while giving the lecturer the freedom to teach from any point in the classroom. This state-of-the-art active learning environment is now a prototype for future active classrooms on the University’s historic campus.

Location

Champaign, IL

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Design Vignette

An active learning, the furniture is mounted on wheels to allow flexibility to adjust to any configuration desired by the class. The space is ever-changing depending on pedagogy lecturer or working groups.